Proposal for $14 million fracking research budget –
Obama’s proposal for fracking research is $14 million and will include more studies similar to the study the EPA did on the water impact from Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.
The EPA will face a budget cut of 1.2% or $105 million in funding, which will be hard to work with said, EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson.
Jackson said that the budget decrease this year will be difficult,
“This budget is focused on fulfilling EPA’s core mission to protect health and the environment for millions of American families,” said Jackson. It demonstrates fiscal responsibility, while still supporting clean air, healthy waters and innovative safeguards that are essential to an America built to last.”
The preliminary results of that study current study on the impact of fracking to drinking water supplies will be expect at the end of the year, which includes the areas of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.
The research will study the entire impact that fracking has on the ecosystem, the air quality, and the potential threats to drinking water. The EPA’s total research budget is a total of $576 million, which includes $81 million for the agency’s STAR grants, which will support research on fracking, potential endocrine disruptors, and green infrastructure.
The study will work in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Energy.